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meeting of senators john mccain and president obama. this was held at belmont university in tennessee. the questions came from undecided voters from the nashville area. tom brokaw was allowed to include questions submitted on- line. this is almost two hours. >> good evening from belmont university in nashville, tennessee. i'm tom brokaw of nbc news. and welcome to this second presidential debate, sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's debate is the only one with a townhall format. the gallup organization chose 80 uncommitted voters from the nashville area to be here with us tonight. and earlier today, each of them gave me a copy of their question for the candidates. from all of these questions -- and from tens of thousands submitted online -- i have selected a long list of excellent questions on domestic and foreign policy. neither the commission nor the candidates have seen the questions. and although we won't be able to get to all of them tonight, we should have a wide-ranging discussion one month before the election. each candidate will have two minutes to r
was as low as they've ever seen him. one person who was close to him said he got the sense that senator obama really wondered if he would be able to continue in politics >> reporter: and it raised real problems with his wife michelle >> the bobby rush race was the nadir of the obama marriage. her feeling was, why are you doing this? this is the moment when they want two totally different things. you know, barack obama wants political success. and his wife wants a normal life. i asked the president and first lady how long it had taken them to recover from that period? they said two to three years. so this is a serious toll on their relationship. >> woodruff: the choice: 2012 >> woodruff: "the choice 2012" airs on most pbs stations tonight. >> ifill: next, our series on "coping with climate change" looks at how the city of chicago is dealing with ever warmer temperatures, by trying to cool things down with changes to its landscape. we turn again to hari sreenivasan, who traveled there recently. >> that's your grandfather. >> sreenivasan: 15-year-old janell coleman only knows her grandfather thr
romney's 1994 bid for the massachusetts senate seat held by ted kennedy, and barack obama's attempt to unseat a popular illinois congressman, former black panther bobby rush in 2000. this excerpt begins with an ad from the kennedy team that an angry romney attacked when the two men met for a debate. >> mitt romney says he helped create 10,000 jobs. the formers workers in indiana say something else >> i would like to say to the people of massachusetts if you think it can't happen to you, think again because we thought it wouldn't happen here either >> i want to know why you spent millions of dollars showing advertisements of strikers in a company i had nothing to do with. >> kennedy, the veteran, ignored romney's charge >> mr. romney, let's put the ads aside and talk about health care. let's talk about education. let's talk about training. let's talk about new jobs. let's talk about infrastructure. let's talk about our different vision for massachusetts. that's what the people of massachusetts want to talk about. that's what i think they ought to hear about. >> i think about ten or 1
ago that then young senator obama was facing the same questions governor romney is now about whether he had a fitness to be commander in chief. he was facing the questions not just from republicans in 2008 but from democrats and his own v.p. nominee biden who said before the 2008 election, at some point, he will be tested as a young commander in chief. they believe inside the white house he has passed that test. >>shepard: the attack on the consequence last left the president on the defensive. >> in doubt there is a vulnerability for the president on foreign policy because of what happened in benghazi. that is why mitt romney sees an opening. and our latest polling this month, it shows on the question of who do you trust more to handle foreign policy, the president is leading 52 percent to 41 percent. it was higher for him in september, at 54 percent trusting him more in september. a little bit of a shift in october. the bottom line, again, they feel confident in chicago and the campaign headquarters there, they believe the president has the edge over mitt romney although it has dipp
is the strategy behind both of these men. look at results from 2008 now with senator mccain and senator obama. it ohio it went democratic, went blue, a huge victory for the president then. but just yesterday he went back right here to the heart of the state, that is franklin county, capital city, columbus. he was at ohio state university driving up younger vote there where he found so many votes just four years ago. now you see why he is going back yet again. if you then look at governor romney's strategy today, he is not going to columbus but going just north of it in delaware county. huge growth in this county. an offshoot of columbus and overhere in knox county where we saw john roberts. if you start to see the strategy now as for why ohio is so critical and the number of times, for governor romney, he is spending three of the next four-days in ohio alone, and you see in that what if scenario how critical that could be in the end four weeks away. martha, back to you. martha: thanks, bill. focus shifts to the vice-president deng debate which happens tomorrow night. earlier i sat down once a
the white house will get the senate. that is today we would say that they were his president obama and today you say democrats are likely to keep the senate. if governor romney, it's a very narrow path when you look state-by-state. if governor romney wins the presidency that will mean there is a wave behind him, that there is some lift to him and that will bring in a couple of the senate candidates enough to put them over. >> chris? >> well just so you understand charlie cook has forgot more about the senate races than i ever knew. he is the bible and one of the reasons people beforehand, a year ago, six months ago thought that the republicans weren't so sure as he pointed out 2006 was the way the election and democrats won in a lot of places like montana that you would expect them to win so as they went in and correct me if i'm wrong, visit democrats were defending 23 seats in the republicans only 10. just by the nature of the mathematics it seems likely the republicans would pick up seats in the democrats would look 23-10 but right now the conventional wisdom in the charlie cook wisdom is
of senator rob portman republican of ohio who was brought in to play the role of obama but have become a much broader advisor and we talked about how we have heard about how romney felt lonely on the trail. portman fulfilled that and he is now become a big advisor on messaging and we saw that whole package coming together in the debate. >> is there any regret by romney that he didn't pick portman as is a vice president and his fight in in a help or hindrance? >> why don't you ask us in 12 hours? [laughter] >> why did romney pick ryan. it wasn't somebody that he thought -- many people thought he would pit. >> it was someone that no one -- the only person at the top of the romney urbanization that wanted to pick paul ryan was mitt romney. and he picked paul ryan for a simple reason, the same reason that he and the olympics won a lot of advisers told him he shouldn't and that is because he wanted to. he is the ceo of the campaign and he is his own karl rove and that has caused them a lot of problems. he is the product, not the ceo but that is how he set it up. they feel good about the ryan choic
to seek negotiations. he resisted stronger sanctions. in fact, when senator mendez and senator kirk suggested tougher sanctions, obama opposed them. it was only after congress forced him to that he went forward and he's allowed the u.n. security council, russia and china to determine our policy. all these are acts of weaknesses as opposed to making clear and we haven't worked closely with our allies as evidence by the recent u.n. meeting when the president had time for whoopi goldberg but couldn't meet with netanyahu. >> one of the criticisms, this appears to be management of the arab spring. that is a big part. does governor romney think it was a mistake to push mubarak out? >> what he has said is that we have forces that are of extre extremism and forces of moderation an we should be aligned and help those forces. a difference in egypt is one that's on the table today. governor romney says we should have conditions. we shouldn't write off a billion dollar debt. >> but going back to mubarak. was that a mistake? does governor romney believe that's a mistake? >> how it was handled wa
the senate homeland security committee has said it will do the same. the senate committee said it wants to know what happened and why and why the obama administration's, quote, initial public assessment of this attack was subsequently proven inaccurate. jamie. >> molly, questions just about everybody wants answered. thank you so much. greg. >> president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney are focusing squarely on the next debate. the candidates getting ready for tuesday's town hall debate in new york while gov. romney is preparing for the second phase off he is telling voters in the battleground state of ohio and across the country that support for him is surging. chief political correspondent karl cameron is live in portssmith, ohio. >> we are just outside where he will have a big rally in moments. earlier today he did a little debate prep while his running mate paul ryan was on the campaign trail at youngstown, ohio. he took to task the president's decision to postpone a decision whether or not china is manipulating its currency and breaking free trade. we are bouncing all
senator portman watching in a hotel suite tonight. president obama was in the air on air force one for part of this tonight. how does this change prep for tuesday? >> well, i think we'll see certainly a more aggressive president obama. i think the interesting thing about it, we all kind of agree that this was probably a draw, which just draws attention to the fact of how rare it was last week when you had such a lopsided victory that everyone saw almost immediately and the president himself had to finally acknowledge. and then the question is if you have a draw, then who really wins ultimately? and you could say the republicans do because they're the ones who came in with momentum. but vice president biden was out there to stir up the base, to fire up the base. and if that was his objective tonight, he probably accomplished that. >> and tom brokaw, one of the elephants in the room, of course, is the business of moderating. a lot of talk about the job jim lehrer did. i think it will be mutually agreed that martha raddatz did a good job tonight and moved that conversation along. >> s
obama-- and we have had our agreement on president obama's policies-- kyle to the city intent on trying to find compromise. and he found senator demint and senator mcconnell who said their first priority was to take them down. it was the first major piece of social legislation which passed-- correct me if i'm wrong-- without a single opposition party vote. i think we're looking at a redistricting. the flood of money posted since citizens united. demographic shifts and i would like to see a real republican party, but we don't have one at the moment. we have an extremist republican party. there are-- the moderate republicans are an and i think breed. and i think that is dangerous and unhealthy. >> it's interesting that you're concerned about the republican party. i think that's very, very engaging of you, but you know what? this republican party is as strong and energetic and excited about guiding and directing there country as i have ever seen it in 20 years. the energy out there is similar to what we had with reagan. there's no question it's more-- >> what? >> i was at the convention. >
at the top of the ticket with john mccain and barack obama. .. preparation as yes we know playing joe biden in the debate prep and congressman paul ryan in senator vice president biden's debate. what's going on inside there. how do they prepare who else is guiding congressman ryan an the president. >> let's start with ryan he spent last week and weekend in virginia doing mock debate prep, watching videos of joe biden. he watched biden's debate with sarah palin four years ago. he watched joe biden foreign policy speech from earlier this year. he watched many of the 2007 and 2008 dnc primary debate where biden is on the stage. there's a film review, and there's practice. scrimmages in the case of ryan, the former lieutenant governor of massachusetts has been playing the role of the moderator. and ted olson has been sparring as joe biden. old son has taken on the task with gusto. he got down the mannerism of joe biden as joe biden would say literally got down the mannerism and he is really playing the role and a staffer in the room told me. thing is a -- there is reading, and there is actual m
of taxation. will obama raise taxes? yeah, but not just through congress. it will be done by treaties in the u.n. that can be ratified by the senate and the house of representatives has nothing to do with it. that's one of the major things we warn about in this book heree come the black helicopters." >> sean: that's pretty frightening. it's in bookstores as of tomorrow morning, amazon.com, called "black helicopters." dick, thank you. >> thank you. >> sean: when we come back, is there a major donor scandal about to blow up in the president's face? our guests say they have things that could derail the president before election day. and in the middle east, this time the israelis take out a drone. the middle east burning. this all happens as mitt romney goes out with a major foreign policy speech telling voters that the president has failed when it comes to the middle east. we'll check in with john bolton straight ahead as he reacts. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. i wish my patients could see what i see. ♪ that over time, having high cholesterol and any of these risk factors can put them at
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we want to talk about who abandoned whom? the obama administration had two years of republican house and senate and they did not introduce the same reforms that had been introduced before. >> this is all politics. we are not the world police. we are not supposed to be the world police. you go back to george washington and he was saying, to not be the world police. what i want to know from the congressman is, will he admit he got hoodwinked on iraq? the government sold us a bill of goods about weapons of mass destruction for a country that has the gdp of a small city that was no threat there. it was no threat made or no ability to harm the united states, but here we are nine years into a war in iraq for 4,500 servicemen dead. he got faked out on that one. that is something we should not have been involved in. i wonder if the congressman would admit he was wrong? >> hindsight is 20/20. you had virtually the entire congress move along with the resolution to go to war. >> there is something happening in iran with nuclear weapons that is getting a lot of attention. how can we handle the t
be accompanied by rigorous management. i mean, president obama prior to becoming president, largest management he had ostensibly the senate office. that's not exactly, you know, great training to run one of the largest enterprises known to m man. [inaudible] >> well, i'm very partial of. [laughter] >> there's a lot of ways -- [inaudible] [laughter] >> next question. the gentleman in the middle with a red tie. do you have a microphone? hold on a second. let's get a microphone to you, thank you. >> i'm jim talent with northstar policy, consulting and lobbying. we've talked about energy. i think we have enormous potential in the united states to devote our energy resources. it seems to me a lot of it is communications challenged. i mean, when you have a lisa doesn't mean you're going to find before. we talk about anwr for example, having enormous reserves but it takes a long time to actually find energy and develop it. is very expensive. how do we better communicate that to the average citizen in just its? i think that will be the key in order for us to have a sound energy policy and develop our res
was medicare. >> why? >> because joe biden did what president obama should have done which was to look into the camera and look at me, i'm a democrat. all right? i've been in the senate for years. we're the democratic party. we believe in medicare. we believe in social insurance. do you trust me or do you trust this 40-something-kid who comes from the world of conservative think tanks scheming to get rid of the program since its beginning and inception? who do you trust? that was just the simple question. he said, look at the reputational capital that has been built up over time in those two parties over what we are going to do. and trust yourself on who is going to vouch save medicare. >> on the issue of afghanistan, it was clear paul ryan is arguing a position, passionately, that's unpopular. i mean -- >> what is the position? >> there's no -- well, he got lost in the answers on afghanistan. i don't disagree with that at all. the point is the position the vice president was arguing which is we want to have afghan forces doing that, we want less american forces doing it, that is a pos
is not dispirited the by what joe biden did. however president obama has to come out next tuesday and seal the deal. if he doesn't, everything joe biden side will not matter. jon: when congressman ryan the sitting vice president, a guy in the senate for 36 years, i know you're under a lot of duress to regain some ground here but, seemed like a pretty effective putdown to that role that he had been tasked with. >> yeah, no, exactly. think the american people understand that. and again if you are the sitting party, and you control the white house and your vice president is still at this late date trying to rally your base you have got some problems. that is why it freed up paul ryan to speak to those independent voters, to speak to women, to speak to undecideds and make his message very clear. >> except that paul ryan, once again never came through with any specifics. i can pretend i have a five-point plan to take you to mars unless i give you to specifics how you will do that. you will not believe me. he did not answer at all what deductions they were going to plug. how they would replace obamacare
, not president obama, and in the last debate, scott brown would not commit to voting to mitch mcconnell for senate majority leader if re-elected, but i think she'll try to tie him to the national republican party. another thing that happened in the last debate was scott brown was saying as a model supreme court justice, that scalia was the conservative justice, a model for him, and warren's campaign hit hard on that trying to bring up talk of, you know, important job of a senator is to confirm supreme court justice nominees, and scott brown said this conservative is an ideal justice for him. >> host: you touched on this a little bit, but why are people paying attention to the race? >> guest: it's one of the closest races in the country. scott brown is just one of two vulnerable republican incumbent senators up for re-election this year. the other is dean heller in nevada. it's been tight in polls over the last year, and then scott brown has been ahead in some over the last month or several weeks at least. warren has, you know, gotten a little of an advantage in polls, and we've s
the energy that president obama was missing last week. republicans i'm talking to here in this spin room contend he was unhinged. i just heard senator ron johnson of wisconsin describe him as incredibly rude. but there is no question that in that exchange that you just played and others, congressman ryan may have started out making good points, but he often didn't get to the end of them because vice president biden interrupted him. >> pelley: jan crawford is covering the romney campaign for us. and she's there in kentucky as well. jan. >> reporter: well, scott, one thing that i think is so interesting about this debate tonight was that paul ryan was considered this man of substance. he was the numbers guy, the policy whiz, someone who could take out these powerpoint presentations and deliver them for an hour before voters in some small town in wisconsin and instead this was very much a debate that is going to be discussed on issues of style and that clip you showed really demonstrates that. those are substantive issues. they were trying to discuss. and look at biden interrupting paul rya
. rick santorum, the former senator from pennsylvania well known and well respected among social conservatives. mitt romney has -- you know, the campaign, again, saying no. nothing has changed. the obama campaign is trying to, you know, portrait mitt romney as a flip-flopper, and they also go back and foint to, you know, his philosophy or his stance on abortion back when he was governor of massachusetts. that's different from now, fred. >> there's also a chance that the next president will select at least one supreme court justice. right now the court is evenly split on the issue of abortion. is romney downplaying the importance of abortion rights over the next four years? >> good question, because, yes, most likely the next president, be it president obama or mitt romney, as the first-term president will have at least one, maybe two supreme court picks to make. it is interesting here because, you know, besides what the campaigns are saying, you're seeing a lot of independent groups like planned parenthood on one side and seeing social conservatives on the other side playing this
know, he called obama rational a few nights ago. to univision, president barack obama in a spanish language interview said, we do not see anything that venezuela is doing against the u.s. national interest. that goes against what republicans, including senator marco rubio, has said clearly and loudly. venezuela supports syria. venezuela supports iran. they could, in fact, be supporting hezbollah here in the country, although there isn't any concrete proof of that. those people, the republicans are saying, look, pay attention to venezuela. we need to understand what they're doing in this hemisph e hemisphere. >> paula newton, thanks very much. >>> a notorious self-confessed killer reportedly about to become a father behind bars. we have details on that and a lot more news coming up here in "the situation room." in keeping the denture clean. dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can multiply. polident is designed to clean dentures daily. its unique micro-clean formula kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria an
our archives at saturday at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. then senator mccain and president obama from 2008. president hd bush and bill clinton and ross perot. next tuesday, watched president obama and mitt romney in their town hall debate. c-span coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >> this government has promised -- has maintained the closest surveillance of the soviet military buildup on the island of cuba. within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. the purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the western hemisphere. >> do you deny that the u.s. as our has placed -- is facing intermediate range missiles in cuba? yes or no? don't wait for the translation. yes or no? >> live sunday from the jfk presidential library museum. historians, scholars, and journalists, the 50th anniversary of the cuban missile crisis. starting at 12:30 p.m. eastern on c-span 3. >> eisenhower would never tell anybody if he was going to use nuclear-w
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